NextNet Launches BWA Service in Angola

Michelangelo Technology and ACS to deliver NextNet broadband wireless access services in Luanda

July 19, 2005

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MINNEAPOLIS and LUANDA, Angola -- NextNet Wireless, together with South African based Michelangelo Technology, its distributor in Africa and the Middle East, announced today the commercial launch by ACS of Angola’s first non-line-of-sight (NLOS) plug-and-play broadband wireless services, targeting business and government in the nation’s capital of Luanda. The new ACS Broadband Service is based on OFDM-NLOS-PLUG-AND-PLAY technology developed by NextNet, a principal member of the WiMAX ForumTM. This same technology is deployed today over licensed frequencies by NextNet’s carrier partners on five continents.

The ACS high-speed Internet service features a choice of NLOS outdoor wireless modems, targeting large businesses up to a maximum range of 32Km from Luanda city centre and small, self-installable indoor wireless modems that connect to the user’s computer in minutes. The plug-and-play indoor wireless modems eliminate professional installations, as well as the downloading of software, and the need to configure the user’s computer. Unlike cable and DSL, the ACS indoor wireless modem is also “location flexible,” which means that the user is free to move it from the home, to the office or school, or to any other location within the carrier’s coverage area. The ACS service supports all IP-compatible broadband applications, including voice and data services such as IP telephony and video streaming over a wide area of more than 500 square kilometers around Luanda.

"The NextNet NLOS technology delivers the performance promised,” stated Luis Miguel da Silva, General Manager of ACS. "Michelangelo Technology is responsible for installing and commissioning the NextNet Wireless and backhaul infrastructure. We are extremely pleased to have finalized deals with major banks, petroleum companies and government entities -- all within the first week of launching the service," added Mr. Da Silva.

NextNet Wireless Inc.

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